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Appreciating Our Parents


Published 1950


Shows Tommy's development into responsible family member after he is brought to realize depth of parent's affection for him and their sacrifices. He tries to help family by saving money, putting things away, drying dishes and repairing broken furniture.


Producer Coronet Instructional Films
Audio/Visual sound, color


Credits

Director: Ted Peshak. Cameraman: Dale Sharkey. Writers: George Tychsen; Bradford. Editor: George Wilbern. Cast: Skip Peshak (Tommy). Educational Collaborator: Reuben Hill, Ph.D., Research Professor in Family Life, The University of North Carolina.

Reviews

Reviewer: ERD. - - November 30, 2013
Subject: Cute for that era
Somewhat idealistic, and geared for the 1950's middle class family. Nice if everything could be that simple.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - November 29, 2013
Subject: Not a team player? Get out of the house.
Little Tommy is a bit of clueless twit. He didnt realize that his Mom picks up after him, cooks and cleans, and Dad works all day to make a dollar for the family. He has to find this out by sneaking up on his parents while theyre doing the dishes and OVERHEARING THEM. Like, what was Tommy thinking? That fairies picked up after him? That he had a maid? Well, after this revelation, he wants in on the action too! Soon, hes cleaning up after himself, fixing stuff by himself and helping Mom wash the dishes, because this makes him feel hes more part of the family! This is probably the ultimate guilt-driven conformative guidance film ever. Kids: Help your family out or you wont be considered one of the family! Truly mind boggling.
Reviewer: JSBejma - - September 28, 2012
Subject: Didn't Happen Exactly That Way
I sense a cinemagraphic fib. The real story went more like this: Mother went berserk when she saw that kid's room right after spending an hour and a half cleaning up that colossal mess in the kitchen and then went way off the deep end when she saw that torn shirt.

Father came home from work to find the old lady in a drunken stupor layin' on the couch, the burned chicken sitting on the sink and a bunch of dishes and pots and pans strewn all over the floor of that "happy" kitchen.

Over a pot of black coffee (Tommy sent off to his friends house for a while) they decided to inform the little prince that mother wasn't an indentured slave and dad wasn't a living breathing piggy bank that farts dollar bills out of his arse.

Tommy came home (unsuspecting) and got the beatin of his life from dad and in just one hour..presto..well that last part of the film at least was an accurate account.

Mother got over her hangover sometime during the next day, and Tommy's bruised behind regained its normal coloration by Saturday.

And that allowance Tommy USED to get? That goes into the tip dish at the corner of the stage at Helen's Hotties Bar and Lounge. Dad knows where to invest his money - and how to keep order in a disfunctional house.
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